May 24, 2020

Can Squeezing a Hockey Puck Make Me Sweat? Activ5 Review

I purchased an Activ5 and was somewhat skeptical that this would make me sweat. It turns out that this is not as easy at looks. After a few exercises, my arms were shaking.  I love that this is so portable, and the app is fun. You are a spaceship...

I purchased an Activ5 and was somewhat skeptical that this would make me sweat. It turns out that this is not as easy at looks. After a few exercises, my arms were shaking. 

I love that this is so portable, and the app is fun. You are a spaceship that is trying to fly straight to hit targets. Depending on how hard you squeeze dictates how high the spaceship flies. 

It lets you know how hard you were pressing and keeps all sorts of stats. It lets you know if you've improved (or not ) since the last time you did this exercise. With this in mind, you can see your progress. It notifies you of any streaks you're on (I'm on a 2 day streak - woo hoo!) 

Also in the "stats" is it tied into my Apple health data and which then tied into MyFitnesspal. In English, when I exercise using this the calories I burn automatically show in MyFitness pal.

You could easily do this during commercial breaks watching TV. I could see your kids LOVING this. 

The only part that I was like, "Hey, um, that's Yoga" was when they have you get into a Yoga pose (nothing too crazy) and then integrate the Activ5 into the pose.  Using the Activ5 takes isometrics to a higher level, and the tracking in the app keeps you motivated. 

Check it out at www.logicalloss.com/activ5

Does Your Kitchen Make Sense?

I've made a conscious effort to cook more. Due to the pandemic, we are all home more, but I want to get out of the habit of eating the same things over and over. I started using Plan To Eat which is a great app that allows you to manage recipes, plan your meals and create a shopping list. 

see www.logicalloss.com/plantoeat

Looking at my kitchen and doing some Googling I noticed my dishes were nowhere near the dishwasher. I live in a small apartment, so it wasn't like I had to take a bus to put the dishes away, but none the less it could be easier. 

Are you using the top of your cabinets? You could store cooking sheets up there and light gadgets like slow cookers, etc. 

For me, I'm going to try to clear the counter space next to the stove to be used as a food preparation area. It makes sense to prep the food where it's going to be cooked. 

see https://www.thekitchn.com/5-things-we-can-learn-about-kitchen-zones-from-this-diagram-kitchen-design-lessons-216828

By keeping things organized and efficient, you are less likely to think of cooking as a "hassle." 

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